Who will be the Premier League manager of the year?

As the season is nearing its conclusion it is going to be a very exciting time in the Premier League with the title yet to be decided, European places still up for grabs and the battle to avoid the drop going down to the wire. But now is also is the time of the year when awards are handed out and there are many contenders for manager of the year.

Harry Redknapp and Roy Hodgson both deserve a shout as they have done very well and are obviously the front runners for the England job because of the job they have done at club level but in my opinion Tottenham have done exactly as expected, challenged for the title for a while and then inevitably fell away and are now looking to finish in the Champions League places. West Brom have done slightly better than I expected but mid table is about right for them, however, they were pushing for a top 10 place before their recent slump.

So here are my five nominations for manager of the year.

Brendan Rodgers – Swansea City

Swansea have performed better than anyone could have imagined with an impressive home record and an improving away record, they have took to the Premier League like a duck to water. It is not only the results Swansea have picked up, it is the way they have done it and Rodgers deserves a lot of praise for this as he gives his players the confidence to go out and play. The play arguably the best passing game in the country and are never fazed by anyone and will continue to play their way no matter the opposition and Rodgers deserves credit for this. He has done it with a shoestring budget also and he is now linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium because of how impressive he has been

Alan Pardew – Newcastle United

Newcastle yet again are another team that has performed a lot better than expected. After losing key players in the summer, they were expected to struggle but the players Pardew has brought in have been fantastic signings. Demba Ba, scored goals for fun in the first half of the Premier League and even though the goals have dried up, he is still playing very well. Yohan Cabaye, has dictated a lot of games from the centre of midfield and, although he would have liked more goals, has formed a very good partnership with Cheick Tiote. Finally Papiss Cisse has set the Premier League on fire with seven goals in his first seven games. Pardew hasn’t been given a lot of money but has spent it wisely and now Newcastle are back where they belong challenging for a place in Europe.

Paul Lambert- Norwich City

Yet another overachiever in Paul Lambert, Norwich have shown everyone why they deserve their place in the Premier League. Lambert went for determined players instead of experienced players for this campaign and it has worked out magnificently with Grant Holt being the second highest English scorer in the league even though it is his first season. The players clearly love Lambert for giving them this chance and they are repaying him for that. Maybe an outside shot for manager of the year but definitely deserves a lot of praise for the job he has done.

Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United

Fergie needs no introduction and it seems like he has masterminded yet another league title. Their rivals may have splashed the cash but this still has not been enough for them to wrestle the title away from the Red Devils, however, this could all change if United slip up in the coming weeks. Do we really see this happening though? This may be one of Ferguson’s greatest title wins because of the pressure they were under from the noisy neighbours but there is no sign that he is about to slow down and will be wanting even more success in the years to come.

David Moyes – Everton

Still the most underrated manager in the Premier League in my opinion because year after year he gets Everton into the top half of the table even when he loses his best players and is not given a lot of money to replace them. With his team currently in the semi final of the FA Cup and above Liverpool in the table, it has been yet another fantastic year. If he can add a trophy then he will surely go down as one of Everton’s greatest managers ever. Also, I think he is the man to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United so the Everton fans will need to enjoy this success while it lasts because I do not believe anyone else can do as good a job as he has done in the past 10 years.

Here are the five managers that I think deserve to be manager of the year and they are difficult to separate but I think Brendan Rogers should win the award and English teams should try and replicate what Swansea have done. So, who do you think should be manager of the year?

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12 thoughts on “Who will be the Premier League manager of the year?

    • Between Pards and Rodgers for me. Swansea play great football and have done well to comfortably stay up – next season will be the big test for them, which is why I would give it to Pards. Everyone questioned Ashley when he sacked Houghton and brought in pards, but some very shrewd signing and great management of his resources have seen them finish the season with a champions league shout with a few to play.

  1. Alan Pardew for me. He has been just outstanding since he was appointed last season. And this season with no marquee signings he has led them on the brink of Europe for next season.

    • If he gets backed by the board then it could be a great time being a Newcastle fan unfortunately I can see a few players leaving again this summer and surely all these unknown signings can’t keep producing the goods

  2. Brendan Rogers. He performed well over expectations. I can see Swansea becoming the first Welsh team in Europe in a few years.

    • That is if he decides to stay at Swansea, I’m sure a lot of big clubs will be looking at him now especially with the Chelsea and Spurs jobs potentially available

    • Rogers will likely be on his way at seasons end. Season 2 in the top league is always harder than season 1. He may be advised to leave anyway. Getting the boot from a so-called “bigger club” after failing won’t be as destructive as staying at Swansea and getting the boot from there, next season. Not that they will, of course but I wouldn’t bet against it either.
      My guess is Pardew is the best bet.
      Talk about being “Reborn”
      Newcastle needed a decent manager and not an expensive type wasting money.
      Woprked out for both, and Ashley fell in the tyne and came out with gold bars in both pockets.
      But the MAIN reason for Pardew and Ashley’s turn about has been Graham Carr the scout.

      • Some very good points. Second season syndrome is always a worry and least if Rodgers fails at Spurs he will still be guarenteed another crack at the Premier League with a team in the bottom half. Graham Carr deserves a lot of praise as well as Pardew as he ‘found’ Tiote, Cabaye and Cisse

    • Yeah I would say he is underrated when you actually look at the odds of him taking over at them clubs, he is never even close to being a favourite. He isn’t a big enough name in many people’s eyes but he should be and this is also the reason why he won’t get the Chelsea job this summer

      • Fair enough, I can see what you mean about the odds, and you’re right he definately won’t get the Chelsea job. Spurs is more realistic though, and perhaps Man U if Ferguson’s opinion is taken into account.

  3. I think at the minute in my mind its between Alan Pardew and David Moyes. I think Pardew has been given great credit though whereas Moyes hasnt maybe because he has served at Everton for many years. If you ask me is Moyes good enough to Manage one of the top clubs, yes. Everton are currently sitting in 7th with a squad that is in my opinion not as good quality wise as liverpool.

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